I can't read my child's writing.

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Hello! I was so happy to receive an introduction letter from my child today on my Compassion account :) He wrote in English and I am very surprised that a child who is in grade 5 can write his message in English. The problem is not it's hard to read his writing about what he wrote. I am not sure if I am allowed to attach my child's letter here. It would be great if anyone can tell me what he wrote in English. It is more about the writing that it is hard to read.

Also, he wrote that he has 1 sibling. (not sure a brother or a sister by the name)
I was told from Compassion International rep that when he registered to Compassion when he was 5 years old. He was the only child and his guardian was only his grandmother. This year it says children living in his house is 4 including him. In his letter, 1 sibling, so it would be 2 children in his house. I am confused about being 1 child, 4 children, and now 2 children. The number of the children keep changing makes me hesitate how many stickers I should sheets of sticker I should send along with his Christmas card. Please help!! 
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Hi Jenny, I'm just another sponsor like you but hopefully I can help until someone from Compassion sees this after the weekend.
Numbers of siblings can change fairly often, because a lot of times they aren't actually siblings, but cousins, step siblings, half siblings, etc. 
Where is your sponsor child from? My kids in Kenya all write in English. If you want some help deciphering what your child said you can post a picture here and some of us can try to help, or you can email compassion and ask them for help. (although if you post here, I would crop out any sensitive information since this is a public forum!) 
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Thank you so much. I had hard time reading, but atleast I knew that it's written in English. Lol. I was really curious about what he has written in his letter all day today since this is the very first letter I have received from him :)
Now I need to write him back!
Just tried Ingera today at an Ethiopian restaurant. My dishes were very fancy with so many kinds of veggie and chockens. I want to tell him I tried Injera for the first time in my life, but not sure if I am allowed to attach food pics with my letter!
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Hey Kristen! It seems like my child wants to be an engineer. Is it common for children in Ethiopia dream to be an engineer? I've heard many of them want to be a teacher, a pastor, or a doctor before. Engineering job seems to require a high education in any countries. He has a big dream and long way to go!
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That's so cool you got to eat at an Ethiopian restaurant, Jenny. That food looks delicious! Math is his favorite subject so he's on the right track if he wants to be an engineer. It sounds like he's a smart boy!
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Jenny Kim

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After seeing his best food, I wanted to try how Injera taste like. So I went to an Ethiopian restaurant after work lol. It tasts really good. i loved it! i am happ that now I can pray for his dream ^_^
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I would not send the picture. But def mention in your letter that you had eaten it and what you thought of it. Food can be a sensitive topic and your picture is lovely, but if your child doesn't regularly have enough to eat, it could be upsetting. Hope that makes sense. I have sent pictures of my fave fruit.
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Sally

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I think he is saying "I hope you have a fun and meaningful life, you and your family. " he says had instead of have.
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Ohhhh thank you! That really helps! I was thinking its a bit strange if it was "Hope you had a meaningful life you and your family :D
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I agree with Kristen, he is asking you to pray for "my life and family life development." I think he means he desires for you to pray for him and for his family to progress either spiritually or economically or develop closer bonds. It's hard to tell... So glad you got your first letter!
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Thanks! I couldn't get that part at all. Now I kind of get it and I will be able to pray for him for what he needs :-)